TV Ratings Monday: ‘The Bachelor’ premiere falls short of 2017, hits debut low

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.5/5 5.45
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – R 1.1/4 6.59
The Wall (NBC) 0.8/3 4.32
Lucifer (FOX) 0.7/2 3.14
Supergirl (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.90
8:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 1.0/3 6.25
9 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/3 5.99
Better Late Than Never (NBC) 0.7/2 4.20
The Gifted (FOX) 0.7/2 2.52
Valor (The CW) 0.2/1 0.79
9:30 p.m. Young Sheldon (CBS) – R 0.9/3 6.03
10 p.m. Better Late Than Never (NBC) 0.7/3 4.08
The Good Doctor (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.19
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.59


Most of Monday’s original shows, including the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” all took ratings hits airing opposite College Football Playoff games on ESPN.

“The Bachelor” debuted to a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.45 million viewers, down 29 percent in the demo and 18 percent in viewers vs. last year’s premiere. It was the lowest-rated premiere in the show’s history.

FOX’s “Lucifer” and “The Gifted” (each 0.7) were below their season averages, and “Better Late Than Never” (0.7) was off 0.3 from a December episode on NBC. “Valor” posted its usual 0.2 for The CW but was on the low side in viewers (792,000).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.03 5.34 4.20 2.84 0.84


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” – R: 0.5/2, 1.5/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – R: 0.3/1, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.0/3

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” – R: 0.3/2, 0.8/3

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” – R: 0.2/2, 0.9/3


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.